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Risky play is important for your child's development - here's five ways to encourage 'risk competence'

Taking risks and succeeding can motivate children to seek further achievements. Failing can lead to testing new ideas, and finding personal capabilities and limits. In this way, children can overcome fears and build new skills.

Parenting

WATCH: This short film about a dad doing his daughter's hair has us in (happy) tears

Matthew A. Cherry tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

Finance & Legal

How can I get Home Affairs to process my divorce quicker?

My attempts to contact people in the Department of Home Affairs to help me get my status updated have not succeeded. I am truly fed up with Home Affairs and need assistance. My fiancé and I cannot get married as long as this is hanging in the air.

Parenting

Are you parenting 'under the influence'? Maybe it's time to get Sober Curious

The harsh reality is that parenting is hard – but alcohol isn't going to make it any easier. Parenting "under the influence" can be dangerous.

Parenting

How toys became gendered and why it’ll take more than a gender-neutral doll to change what boys are taught about being men

Unfortunately, a doll alone is not going to overturn decades of socialization that have led us to believe that boys wear blue, have short hair and play with trucks; whereas girls like pink, grow their hair long and play with dolls.

Finance & Legal

'My child's school handed me over to a debt collector. What can I do?'

"I went to the school to sort out the matter. But the school said it can only transfer the money back into my account so that I can pay debt collectors directly. I refused and now they have blacklisted me."

Parenting

The stuffed and the slimy: These are the most dangerous Christmas toys

"In South Africa, thousands of potentially dangerous toys hit the shelves," warns local legal expert, Kirstie Haslam. Here's what you know before you go toy shopping.

Finance & Legal

OPINION: Are children ever illegitimate, and isn't it time to dump this outdated term for good?

As eye catching as that Black Coffee headline is, the fact that the children's parents aren't married isn't the actual scoop here.

Parenting

Frozen II helps children weather risk and accept change

The forest howls and it’s scary, princesses become queens, dangerous powers can become gifts — and snowmen can cope with autumn; an early childhood professional shares the hidden life lessons from Disney’s Frozen II.

Finance & Legal

'Three babies in one year': How many days paternity leave can one dad have in a year?

A legal experts shares knowledge on what is apparently a common question.

Parenting

Save your money: These are the toys most often abandoned right after Christmas

Every parent knows the frustration of presenting your child with a toy that they’ve been nagging you about for ages, only to abandon it within a few days.

Finance & Legal

How to ensure a disabled dependant is taken care of when you're no longer around

Alex Simeonides, the CEO of Capital Legacy CEO, explains what steps you can take to ensure your dependent is financially provided for when you are no longer around.

Finance & Legal

Immigrant child barred from school for lack of documents

School’s action directly contradicts instructions of ministers of Home Affairs and of Basic Education.

Finance & Legal

Paternity leave benefits don't apply to SANDF employees

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act doesn't apply to the SANDF, National Intelligence Agency or the Secret Service.

Parenting

WATCH: Getting your groove back after childbirth on Ask a Parent with Karabo Motsiri

Karabo Motsiri talks to sexpert and author Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng.

Health

'We fix these, and the children do well': Childhood squints can be corrected

One of the greatest tragedies would be to have your child go through the discomfort of having squints, the bullying and the emotional trauma of being "different" only to find out that they didn't have to.

Parenting

OPINION: Should parents be banned from taking pictures at school prize giving ceremonies?

Is it a school event or photo and video taking challenge? A frustrated local parent questions whether we need a parental paparazzi intervention when talking end-of-year school graduation functions.

Finance & Legal

Research finds South African men spend childcare grants wisely

The evidence shows that men are capable of parenting and wouldn’t necessarily spend the grant money any differently than women would.

Finance & Legal

'A national crisis': Local NPO launches campaign advocating for change to the Maintenance Courts

Child support is a national crisis. In South Africa over 52% of children grow up without financial support from both parents.

Travel

'A child can drown in as little as 2.5 cms of water': How to stay safe at the beach this summer

Parent24 got in touch with Lifesaving South Africa for top water safety tips parents can follow to ensure their children stay safe.

Finance & Legal

Meet the single mom shining a spotlight on child maintenance and financial abuse issues in South Africa

Felicity Guest founded an NPO called Child Maintenance Difficulties in South Africa (CMDSA), which sprung from a Facebook group she created based on her frustrations at holding her former husband liable for the maintenance of their children.

Lifestyle

FEEL GOOD | Heartwarming image of girl waiting for adoptive parents to arrive at Joburg orphanage goes viral

Door of Hope is a child-care organisation in Johannesburg that gives abandoned children new hope with forever families.

Finance & Legal

Who is ultimately responsible for child maintenance?

Apart from the child becoming self-supporting, the duty to support shall terminate upon the child’s death, when the child gets married or is adopted.

Finance & Legal

Pregnant and facing retrenchment: What are my rights?

Pregnancy can be immensely stressful, so the last thing you want to be dealing with is impending retrenchment.

Finance & Legal

How to get child maintenance from a deceased estate

A concerned parent mailed us a complicated query, so we reached out to legal professionals for help.

Parenting

WATCH: How to get children to listen and do as you ask, without any conflict

How to get children to listen and do as you ask, without any conflict Parenting Expert Dr Karen Phillip reveals in this episode of The Love Destination Expert Series.

Parenting

'Hurt and concerned': Michelle Gildenhuys claps back at 'haters'

Michelle Gildenhuys, wife of local celeb Emo Adams, shared how she receives disturbing messages from online trolls, and how while she brushes the messages away, she is concerned for her children.

Health

Local company creates dolls with vitiligo for kids with this rare skin condition

Dolls with vitiligo to teach children of all races to appreciate and embrace diversity.
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